UNO Softball sweeps Summit foe IPFW
March 23rd, 2015
The University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team hosted Fort Wayne for their home opener this weekend with a three game series. KVNOâ€™s Brandon McDermott was there for the trio of games and caught up with head coach Jeanne Scarpello.
Omaha, NE – After six straight weekends and more than 5,000 miles on the road, the University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team was eager to return home.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/03242015-final.mp3]
Before returning home the Mavericks were 10-13, besieged with inconsistency and looking to get out of a funk. The first step for UNO was last Tuesdayâ€™s sweep of Northern Colorado in a double-header. The Mavs were looking to continue that early home success starting this past Saturday against Summit League cellar dweller Fort Wayne.
In game one, UNO had a bit of trouble offensively going 0-7 to start the game on lead-off opportunities and 0-6 with runners in scoring position. But it was after falling behind 1-0 in the 4th and after drifting through the 6th that UNO finally struck in the 7th. Senior Tanya Peterson tripled to lead-off the 7th, breaking UNOâ€™s 0-7 lead-off streak to start the game.
Freshman Kelly Pattison singled in Peterson to tie the game and in the 8th it was Senior Allie Mathewson who was the hero of game one. In the 8th tied at 1-1 – she singled in fellow Mav Carly Nielsen for the win, 2-1. Mathewson is batting .312 on the year, but in the last four games she is hitting .538 including two doubles and four RBI. UNO head coach Jeanne Scarpello said Mathewson is finding her groove.
â€œThis game means a lot to her, playing for the program means a lot to her and I think she puts extra pressure on herself. So when we didnâ€™t have some hitters in the bottom of the order, she even put that much more on her shoulders and you could see it. Her swing didnâ€™t become hers, and now itâ€™s starting to get back to the old Allie, of how she swings.â€
Senior Kat Barrow earned her 6th win in game one, hurling all 8 innings for UNO. She allowed three hits and one run while striking out six and walking two.
UNO secured an 8-0 mercy rule win in game two, freshman Jaylee Hinrichs (6-4, 4.33 ERA) earned her sixth victory throwing five innings allowing one hit and no runs, while striking out five Mastodons.
In game three Sunday, Barrow pitched a no-hitter into the 7th when Fort Wayneâ€™s Emily Olszewski lined a single to left with two outs. Barrow (7-4, 2.21 ERA) put down 21 of the 22 batters she faced and UNO won 5-0. UNOâ€™s Allie Mathewson went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Scarpello said watching Barrow on the mound itâ€™s easy to see just how impressive she is.
â€œShe hasnâ€™t had many innings for us, even last year with Dana on the mound but she is a phenomenal pitcher. I think for her itâ€™s getting in there and finding her rhythm. Right now she says she feels at sync with the team thatâ€™s behind her as well. I think that is a big part of it was just trying to feel comfortable out there on the circle.â€
Barrow has been on a hot streak as of late, in her last three starts she has pitched 21 innings, allowing ten hits and three runs, two earned. In that same period she has 20 strikeouts and only five walks. Most importantly she has three appearances, three complete games and three wins.
Scarpello said her team is building important confidence and that will be vital this weekend when Summit behemoth North Dakota State travels to Omaha for a three game tussle with UNO (15-13 overall, 3-0 Summit).
â€œRight now were kind of in almost a March Madness mindset of survive and advance,â€ Scarpello said. â€œWeâ€™re just looking to get Wâ€™s and try to get the conference season going strong. For this group itâ€™s good to just kind of get a win streak started and feel good about what weâ€™re doing.â€
A double header is scheduled for Saturday at 12pm and 2pm while the finale is slated for Sunday at 11am.
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